After their kiss, Romeo tells Juliet that he doesn’t want to be apart from her anymore, but she feels that they have a hopeless love. Although Romeo knows that she’s a Capulet, he explains that to him, Juliet is just Juliet. She then gives him the handkerchief that she embroidered along with a flustered explanation for it that ends with her saying goodbye. Romeo tries to stop her again, but Juliet only pauses momentarily before leaving him. The next day, Juliet engages in some practice sword fighting with Antonio, however when she tries to sheath her sword, she drops it. Cordelia notices that Juliet’s hand is hurt and questions if something is the matter because Juliet is acting a little strange. She suspects that it has something to do with the noble Juliet is in love with, though Juliet denies this.
In a meeting with his father, Romeo gets slapped for breaking his promise to meet with Hermione. When Romeo makes up an excuse saying that he took Cielo out for a ride, Montague decides to get rid of Cielo. Fortunately, Hermione bursts into the room and convinces Montague that she’s always wanted to ride on Cielo, so Montague spares the horse. Afterwards, Romeo apologizes to Hermione for last night, but when Hermione thinks that he went to see Benvolio instead, Romeo decides to come clean about his feelings. He shows Hermione the handkerchief that Juliet embroidered, and before he can finish telling her that he likes someone else, she cuts him off. Although she tells him not to worry about her, Hermione runs off crying. Romeo later encounters Mercutio who offers to help him through whatever is bothering him, but Romeo just wants to be alone for now. Back in his room, Romeo is surprised to find a letter from Benvolio revealing that he’s alive.
That night, Juliet has Conrad hand over her father’s sword and declares that from now on, she’ll carry it in her father’s place – she is resolute about her identity as a Capulet. The following day, Benvolio meets with and tells Romeo about Montague’s plot to kill Vittorio. Romeo had no idea that this happened, and Benvolio further explains that he got saved, but he doesn’t reveal by whom. Benvolio, who is now living with Curio, is content with not being a noble any more and says that he’ll be waiting for Romeo to become the next ruler so that Romeo can change Neo Verona. Juliet meanwhile is staring at the spot where Lancelot sacrificed himself when she gets approached by Tybalt. He knows about her role as the Red Whirlwind, and when she demands to know who he is, he convinces her to follow him. As they walk past Lancelot’s old house, Tybalt shows that with money, he can obtain all the information he wants from informants around the city.
Tybalt then takes Juliet to a tavern where there is a picture of Montague sitting to the side, used for target practice. Thinking that Juliet hates Montague, Tybalt offers her a throwing knife, and she hits the Montague family crest under the picture. Explaining that he hates that man, Tybalt quickly fires off a pair of knives that hit Montague’s picture squarely in the face. The next place Tybalt takes Juliet is to the church where he shows her the priest secretly taking money from Cerimon and tells her that the priest is the one who ratted out the Red Whirlwind and Lancelot. Juliet finds this unforgivable, and after Cerimon leaves, she confronts the priest for his betrayal. The priest doesn’t become afraid until Juliet pulls out her sword, but when she can’t kill him because he begs for his life, he secretly pulls out a dagger. The priest then notices the Capulet family crest on Juliet’s sheath, but before he can act, Tybalt rushes in and kills him.
As he watches Juliet cry uncontrollably afterwards, Tybalt feels that it’ll be impossible for her to defeat Montague in that state. Through her tears, Juliet can only say that she is not able to kill, and Tybalt finally comforts her by hugging her. By chance, Romeo is flying by on Cielo at that very moment and spots Juliet in Tybalt’s arms.
I don’t like to compare this series to Shakespeare’s original work since they’re clearly two very different entities, but I can’t help but wonder if Romeo seeing Juliet in Tybalt’s arms means that Romeo will eventually kill Tybalt like in the original. I say eventually because Romeo doesn’t seem like the type to rashly confront Tybalt about this and probably isn’t strong enough to take on Tybalt in a one-on-one fight. Tybalt’s shown himself to be too much of a badass (I swear he’s like Batman or something with that dark and mysterious demeanor and the way he swoops in to save the day) to be killed off right now, but this certainly complicates the Romeo and Juliet relationship.
Hermione meanwhile won some points with me because she saved Cielo’s life and does not appear to be taking the psycho path – at least not yet – but I don’t expect her to just let Romeo go because he likes someone else. She has enough favor with Montague to get Romeo in a lot of trouble if she wants, but she hasn’t done that yet. Perhaps that will change if or when she meets Juliet. The thing that interests me from the preview for next week, however, is Montague meeting with the gardener Ophelia (who is probably taking care of the tree Escalus from episode 3).